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Top Newsreader Alastair Stewart Fired for
Quoting ‘Racist’ Shakespeare

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Posted By: Toledo, 1/30/2020 8:59:45 AM

One of Britain’s most popular and respected newsreaders has been sacked after using on Twitter a Shakespeare quotation that a black activist complained was ‘racist’. Alastair Stewart, who had been a newsreader at Independent Television News (ITN) for 40 years, was engaged in a Twitter debate with a vexatious nonentity called Martin Shapland, a former Liberal Democrat activist of no known distinction.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: klezmer 1/30/2020 9:08:54 AM (No. 302079)
I remember when an official in Dallas, Texas was fired for using the word niggardly. Niggardly means stingy, cheap. I'm really getting sick of this.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: mathman 1/30/2020 9:28:39 AM (No. 302099)
No. No misjudgment here. BBC is woke. Any hint of any suggestion that anything might be off-color is enough. Besides, Shakespeare was white, and that is enough to condemn him! The racist was the one who connected a reference to an ape to making a remark about someone of African descent. I thought we all descended from apes. I guess that only people of African descent are human? Interesting position.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Clinger 1/30/2020 9:37:31 AM (No. 302109)
It's a little chilly so I thing I'll burn a few of Shakespeare's books and warm up and woke up all at the same time. It's stunning how we are experiencing the exact same insanity in the US as the UK, Australia, Canada, EU.... The movement we face isn't American, British etc.. It's something global and sinister. Our lefties are loyal to an external force not the US. As tin foil hat as it may sound, its one world global communism.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: snakeoil 1/30/2020 9:54:56 AM (No. 302132)
So what replaces expressions such as "Go Ape?" The term Black Hole is used in astronomy. This upset the perpetually upset. So when a new generation of astronomers needed a term for something they can't explain the term was Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Guess the name of all the Planet of the Apes movies will have to be changed to the Planet of the Furry Simians.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: hammondb3 1/30/2020 10:04:00 AM (No. 302144)
#4, I am pretty sure it is not going to be "Go black" or "Go African". Hope that helps you out a bit. As for astronomy, I do rather like the term "Sub-Saharan, Melanin-enriched, Hip-Hop loving, Po-Po magnet photon suckahs"
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Reply 6 - Posted by: marbles 1/30/2020 10:17:14 AM (No. 302158)
Apes ? apes ? How do we know it wasnt a " slur " against angels?
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Reply 7 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 1/30/2020 10:17:27 AM (No. 302159)
Stewart should sue ITN for 50 million pounds over wrongful termination. ITN shouldn't be allowed to get away with this nonsense. Stewart didn't say anything wrong. He didn't even say anything while on air. It was over Twitter while debating an ignorant internet troll. This is what happens when we lose free speech.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: JunkYardDog 1/30/2020 10:20:07 AM (No. 302162)
In 1999, Washington, DC's black Mayor, Anthony Williams, gladly accepted the resignation of his white staff member, David Howard, because Mr. Howard uttered the word 'niggardly' in a private staff meeting. Webster's Tenth Edition defines the word 'niggardly' to "grudgingly mean about spending or granting". The Barnhard Dictionary of Etymology traces the origins of 'niggardly' to the 1300's, and to the words 'nig' and 'ignon', meaning "miser" in Middle English. No where in any of these references is any mention of racial connotations associated with the word 'niggardly'. Did you know "black hole" is now a racist term? Neither did Dallas County Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield. He told colleagues, in a 2008 meeting, that the traffic ticket collection office had become a black hole, because so much paperwork was getting lost. Two black officials took offense. One retorted that the office had become a "white hole." I am 60 years old and remember well the vocabulary lessons I was taught in grammar school and high school English classes. Every day I cherish my vocabulary, using it to highlight nuances and make everyday speech more interesting. Alas, I too often find myself surrounded by those who look down upon me, thinking that I am some kind of snob. Damn my teachers for their efforts!!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: curious1 1/30/2020 10:42:09 AM (No. 302180)
#8, look at such people this way: they're demonstrably ignorant. They may be a closet moron, too. So what they think or say is piffle.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Eequalsmcsquared 1/30/2020 10:59:21 AM (No. 302195)
Headline: Alastair Stewart insults ape by comparing him to Martin Shapland!
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Chuzzles 1/30/2020 11:18:03 AM (No. 302212)
So, what's next? Getting prison time for quoting Jane Austen? So far, the ignorants of Britain have gotten a man jailed for reading quotes from Churchill on the steps of City Hall, now a popular on air personality gets the sack because a black activist is so ignorant about Shakespeare they complained. My original question might seem to be sarcasm but it really is not. When you do stuff like this to people who have a clue about the classics and history, what is left? Complete national ignorance. That is fast becoming the UK.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Laotzu 1/30/2020 12:00:44 PM (No. 302251)
The Left are like dogs. Stop running away, and they'll stop chasing you. Face them, kick them in the teeth, and go about your business.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Tennman 1/30/2020 12:00:46 PM (No. 302252)
Guess the Germans will need to rename the Black Forest and the Dakotas the Black Hills to be "woke". Sorry granny, but no more black-out games in bingo. sorry Scotland but the Black Watch has to go as well. Stupid.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Newtsche 1/30/2020 12:49:16 PM (No. 302295)
So the Daily Mail is racist for implying apes can only be tied to blacks? FTA - ".. in response to a person who wasn’t black – so the idea that he was using it to Shapland with racist intent is self-evidently nonsense."
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Reply 15 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 1/30/2020 1:44:11 PM (No. 302325)
Look at it this way. An internet troll was able to get Alastair Stewart fired from his job. What is wrong with this picture?
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Reply 16 - Posted by: caljeepgirl 1/30/2020 2:17:03 PM (No. 302353)
Stupid, indeed. Thanks for the laugh, #5!
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Reply 17 - Posted by: hershey 1/30/2020 2:43:04 PM (No. 302375)
What next, they going to start tearing down Shakespeare statues? Erasing his name from liberal colleges? Changing street names to something???? These people are unhinged...
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